There are no words to express my excitement, joy, and absolute elation over what has happened in the past six days…but I will find words because well, that’s what I do. But I couldn’t wait to share with all my Pocket RD readers: I’M ENGAGED!!! It still feels so surreal, like this couldn’t possibly be real life because it feels too perfect. But as I sit here watching the light snow fall out the window, the sparkle of my beautiful engagement ring reminds me that some things in life are both too good…and true.
I’ll eventually find some segue to transition into a nutrition topic, but to start, let’s travel back in time a little…to January 10th. Now the day before, my then-boyfriend, Tyler, and I began embarking on a road trip leading to a surprise weekend getaway—i.e. my Christmas present. At this point, I have zero idea where we’re going, and furthermore, I am suspecting NOTHING. We continue to drive for 5 ½ hours until the road signs eventually clue me in that we’re going to Philadelphia. Now here’s some background: Rocky is Tyler’s favorite movie of all time and he’s always related to the famous Stallone underdog character. It was a lifelong dream to go to Philly for the first time and run the Rocky steps, but he wanted to do it with meaning.
So on the morning of the 10th, he wakes me up at 5:30am (color me not too pleased), we do a full Rocky-style workout at the hotel gym (not a soul is in there), then put on our running clothes (complete with “Win Rocky Win” T-shirts) and head out as the sun is rising. It is 17 DEGREES out, and my face is dangerously close to freezing in place with a grimaced, wind-blown expression. But we sprint to the top and it is pretty cool to be overlooking the city with no one around, with the sun on the horizon. Tyler then wants me to recreate the famous Rocky fist-pump pose for a picture. Cue me, with my back to him, patiently waiting for him to “take a picture”. When he tells me to turn around and he is down on one knee, my heart literally stops. I gasp in the freezing air and start shaking, too stunned to even make words beyond, “Oh my God” for a good 30 seconds. From there, it was nothing but smiles, jumping up and down, and FaceTiming our families (who had no idea where we were).
The great thing about getting proposed to at 7am is that you have the whole day to celebrate! And we certainly took advantage: he surprised me with tickets to the Bruins vs. Flyers game (WIN); we drank champagne in the hotel while watching the Patriots game (WIN); we treated ourselves to room service; and even finished out the night with dancing at a local club. Needless to say, I’m still on cloud 9.
Now that I’m integrating back into the real world, the “process” of planning a wedding begins. Tyler’s sister-in-law hit the nail on the head when she told me, “You’re going to be so unproductive for at least the next two weeks.” Man, is that true. Every time I start working on a nutrition presentation or blog entry, I find my fingers magically switching tabs on my browser to wedding websites instead. In other news, my wedding color inspiration board is almost done…
But now it’s time to focus and talk about nutrition. And since I can’t seem to shake this wedding planning fever, let’s talk about something all brides-to-be look up online at some point: wedding diet and exercise. Whether the goal is 5 or 20, I get the feeling most brides decide they want to shed an extra few pounds to get ready for the big day. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s important to remain realistic about your goals and feel good throughout the process. Here are my tips for finding the pre-wedding routine that works for you:
- Figure out what type of exercise you like
Running three miles a day or schlepping to the gym may not be your cup of tea, so don’t feel you have to conform to a certain cardio or strength routine that “works” for other brides online. Try to think outside the box—there are studios out there that specialize in yoga, Pilates, barre, spinning, dance, etc. Go check them out! Many studios offer deals for new customers, or keep an eye out for Groupon or Living Social deals (that’s how I started taking barre classes!). Variety is the key to changing your body through exercise and maintaining an exercise program. You’re much more likely to be successful if you actually enjoy your workout!
- Make simple substitutions
If following a strict diet while planning a wedding seems daunting, then take a step back and start small. Start with one thing you normally eat during the day that can be substituted for something healthier. If you typically have a bag of chips with your sandwich at lunch, try an apple instead. If you start the day with a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast, try whole wheat toast with avocado or peanut butter. You’ll find you don’t have to eliminate foods or starve yourself to make healthier choices. Plus, with the boost of vitamins and nutrients from the healthy foods you’re eating, you’ll have extra energy to battle it out with your caterer!
- Don’t focus on what the scale says
Guess what: not one of your 150 guests will be able to tell how much you weigh on the big day. They’ll be too busy ooo-ing and ahh-ing at how gorgeous you look. So let the scale sit on your bathroom floor and focus on how you feel instead. Especially if you start a new strength training workout at the gym, you might be gaining muscle and losing inches, which won’t reflect accurately on the scale. Focus on how you feel in your clothes—that’s the only measurement you need. The size of your wedding dress never truly reflects your actual size anyway by the time all the alterations are finished!
So there you have it, 3 easy tips to start your nutrition and fitness journey down the aisle. Always remember that this is YOUR journey and you should make it your own. And hey, the great thing about these tips is…they work for all brides and non-brides alike! Basically I’m telling you these are just good nutrition and exercise tips to have in your back pocket. You don’t have to be getting married…like I will be! Ok sorry, it just hit me again.